At University Hospital, admissions from flu are already 40 percent above those seen in the severe 2014-15 season and there is no decrease in the numbers of patients showing up at the Emergency Room and at the hospital's Prompt Cares, said Dr. This level is as high as during the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, officials said. Deaths from the current outbreak will likely far outstrip those of the 2009-2010 season.
"Our sympathies are with the families at this time", local medical officer of health Dr. Nicola Mercer said in a news release. "In general, we can expect a very similar influenza season in Canada compared to the USA but not exactly the same", Dr. Isaac Bogoch, clinical researcher at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute told Global News.
It gets worse. According to the CDC, vaccine effectiveness can also vary among different age groups.
This week's data indicated that flu activity remained widespread in 48 states.
That red line is the weekly number of lab-confirmed influenza cases reported in New York State this winter, compared to the previous three winters.
Schuchat also revealed that one in every 10 people who died in the US last week had suffered flu-like symptoms.More news: Stars lock in future with National Signing Day
A risky U.S. flu season is still striking the elderly and infants, federal health officials warned on Friday, and looks likely to continue for several weeks. The highest rate of hospitalization has been among adults aged 65 and older (263.6 per 100,000 population), followed by adults aged 50-64 (63.1 per 100,000 population) and children aged 4 and under (40 per 100,000 population). "We're seeing fewer specimens testing positive for flu, but that doesn't mean the flu is over here - we're definitely still in the thick of flu season". That makes this year's count particularly high, especially since the flu season - which runs from about October to May - won't officially end for another four months.
Public Health has clinic hours in Guelph on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Thirty deaths have been reported in the Bay Area. Pediatricians say they're inundated with panicked moms and dads concerned their sick child might have the flu.
It did not help matters that the flu vaccine was a poor match this year, according to data from Australia. However, flu reports only continued to surge, and it's not yet clear if a peak has been reached.
"There might be a second wave of influenza B infections", she said. People might need to call around to pharmacies to fill a prescription, said Schuchat.
"In any year, even when you're vaccinated, you can get the flu".